Risk Management Through Recordkeeping: Applying Minnesota’s Minimum Recordkeeping Standards – An Online Course

When a patient complaint is made to the Board of Dentistry, the patient record becomes an important document that is used to address the complaint. You can avoid problems through a solid understanding of the minimum recordkeeping rules and by practicing to today’s standards.

This information-packed online course will help you lower your malpractice risk and assess your current dental record system by showing you how to create a dental record that includes an accurate representation of patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. This course will focus on Minnesota's legislative Rule 3100.9600 on recordkeeping, which clearly defines the minimum necessary content of the dental patient record in Minnesota.


Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the rationale for the establishment of Minnesota's minimum dental recordkeeping standard, found in Minnesota's legislative Rule 3100.9600.
  • list the personal data that must be included in the patient record.
  • explain the purpose of the patient dental record.
  • describe the key components of the informed consent process.
  • discuss the rationale behind having dental radiographs that are current, diagnostic and sufficient enough in number for patient assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation purposes.
  • evaluate the recordkeeping system you currently use relative to Minnesota's minimum dental record keeping standards.

Original release date: October, 2016. Expiration date: October, 2019

Who Should Enroll

Dentists, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental assistants who would like to meet the recordkeeping standards of Minnesota’s legislative Rule 3100.9600, which clearly defines the minimum inclusions required for a patient dental record in Minnesota.

Educational Methods

Self-guided instruction through an online series of narrated video presentation modules and accompanied handouts.


Richard D. Nadeau, D.D.S., M.P.H., Director, Division of Comprehensive Care; Clinical Professor, Department of Primary Dental Care; Director, Clinical Treatment Planning, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Nadeau also served as the Director of the Emergency Clinic at the School of Dentistry from 1994 to 2001. He was in private practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota until joining the School of Dentistry faculty in 1993.

Technical requirements

To be successful in this course, ensure that your computer meets the following minimum technological requirements.

  • Windows 7 or higher or Mac OS X 10.9 or higher
  • the latest version of the browser you are using (We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome; Safari for Mac users.)
  • a high-speed internet connect

In addition, you will need:

  • Adobe Flash Player is a plug-in used to deliver animations, presentations, and interactive activities. Most computers and browsers automatically come with this plug-in. You can test your system and, if necessary, download and install the free Flash Player in the Adobe Flash Download Center.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader-Some information in your course is distributed as Adobe Portable Document Format (.pdf) files. If you cannot open a PDF file, download and install the Acrobat Reader at the Adobe Reader Download Center.

Computer skills needed

Basic computer skills including the ability to input a web address (url) and navigate through the various sections of the course.

Cancellation policy

Please note: Once you have registered for an online course, there is no refund. Please review the details of the course first, before making the non-refundable registration payment.

To begin learning

You will need to: 1) set up an email account—if you don’t already have a University of Minnesota email account, and 2) enter into the course in the Moodle environment and begin learning. Access more detailed instructions on how to begin the course.




3 hours

Minnesota Credits
3 core (Recordkeeping)

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